An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

‘An Irish Airman Foresees His Death’
Part of the collection ‘The wild swans at Coole’ this poem is about an Irish Airman in World War One and the poem mainly focuses on the death in World War One. There are expressions of romantic individuality. And we get the impression that the air man thinks by knowing he is going to die, he is free. The poem is classes as an anti war poem and uses the idea of an airman looking down on life. This independent, lonesome figure fighting for Ireland can be linked to ‘The Fisherman’ as Yeats perfect Irishman is a independent man fighting for Ireland. It is written in first person from the airmans point of view.


Easter 1916

Under the collections entitled ‘Michael Robartes and the dancer’ it is a answer to the poem September 1913. The date links to the rebellion in Ireland and mentions certain heroes in the uprising. The poem celebrates glorious failure and is an epitaph to those who died. It names individuals in a powerful way and he expresses his opinion about how Ireland will never be the same. He has complex attitudes to events and characteristics not of Yeats’ style. This poem shows the more mature side of Yeats. The first stanza reflects on a personal view of someone walking and the third links to nature.

The Fisherman

‘The Wilde Swans At Coole’ is the collection this poem is in. It is mainly an observation of Yeats idea of a proper Irish man who is an isolated individual who is happy to be alone. There is a simple style of poetry represents his doubt and ambiguous and rhythmical/hypnotic quality to the poem. Yeats gives the impression that he hopes the fisherman will always be there as an Irish background.